• Why Nordic Poles with Straps Are Important
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    This article explains why poles with straps are an essential part of the equipment for Nordic Pole Walking.

    In the proper form of Nordic Pole Walking – Nordic Poles have straps to ensure you achieve the health benefits and fitness level you deserve.

    There’s no question; you will receive more benefit when you use proper Nordic straps with your Nordic Poles. For best results, you need the proper equipment when you Nordic Walk. Equipment called hiking poles or walking sticks just don’t achieve the same results.

    Nordic Pole Walking or Nordic Poling or Nordic Walking initiated from the summer training regime of cross-country skiers, and they used poles with straps. Over the past 25 years, the Nordic Walking technique has evolved. The poles and straps were modified to ensure people achieve the health benefits and fitness level they expected by using poles with straps for forward propulsion and exercise.

    Proper Nordic Pole Walking – requires that the poles have straps. There are sound reasons for this. Nordic Pole Walking is a sport that increases your upper body and core strength. The straps allow you to become one with the pole. They give you stability so you can properly control your swing when you’re moving quickly.

    Only when the UPPER arm can swing in front and BEHIND the side line of the body can 90% of the muscles engage!!!! The straps allow you to on continue with a downward pressure on the poles (via the straps). This keeps the boots stuck to the ground while your upper arm and lower arm swings behind the side line of the body. To engage your muscles through the full arc of your swing, you need to let go of the pole to do this! Therefore, straps are essential. If you watch the tip of the poles with a person who is HOLDING the handle and swinging the entire arm…the pole tip lifts off the ground JUST AS the arm reaches the mid-side line. Therefore the back muscles never get a chance to engage, get stronger, and straighten the posture.

    Straps also enable you to release your grip as you propel yourself forward. The propelling motion is essential in order to increase your stride, and see cardiovascular improvement. The straps also save you from having to grip the handle tightly. The last thing you want is to suffer from repetitive movement syndrome – and that happens a lot to people who use poles with no straps. They have no choice but to grip the handles tightly for long periods of time. Gripping hard is an impossible and painful task for those who are healthy let alone those with arthritis.

    Nordic Pole Walking is now a lifestyle sport and to do it properly you need Nordic Poles with straps. Many people confuse “Nordic Poles” with “trekking, hiking, urban or ski” poles but the poles, the techniques and health benefits are different compared to using nordic poles for Nordic Walking. For maximum health benefits nordic walk 3-4 times a week with Nordic Poles.

    Straps increase stability and enable you to be far more flexible. Poles that have no straps are simply walking sticks. These sticks are for people who need the extra balance when walking slowly. Or they could be used in hiking up a mountain. They are not sporting poles – they are walking sticks.

    You can hike or trek with Nordic Walking poles, but you cannot Nordic Walk with strapless hiking or trekking poles.” The big different is in the outcome. What do you want to achieve?

    The key to a strap is that it fits like a glove and allows the pole to snap back into your hand accurately on each release! The perfect Nordic Release Technique each and every time!

    What are the advantages of the straps on Nordic Poles?

    Nordic Poles have straps to:

    • Take the pressure off your joints when walking, because the straps absorb most of the pressure
    • Increase stability and enable you to be far more flexible
    • Engage your core muscles when walking because this is going to lead to better fitness
    • Increase your speed and have better cardiovascular health due to the ability to walk faster
    • Reduce the stress on your hands since you have a loose grip when you use straps
    • Increase your upper body strength since the straps are essential to propel the arms properly
    • Straps are necessary for advanced Nordic Walking skills and sports-specific drills like those that are used in ski fitness programs
    • Achieve full shoulder rotation with propulsion

    So make sure you purchase poles with straps. This will ensure that you have an effective workout.

2 thoughts on “Why Nordic Poles with Straps Are Important”

  1. While I love my Nordixx poles, and agree that having the straps makes using the poles more effective, there are some concerns that have been raised in my group:
    1) In the summer, the straps can make your hands too hot, which then becomes uncomfortable.
    2) In the colder weather, you can only wear a thin pair of gloves as thicker gloves or mitts will not fit inside the strap.
    3) Unless you have the Traveler’s design, which allows you to detach the poles without taking off the straps, putting the straps on and off can be cumbersome, especially if you want to stop and take photos.

    How should I address these concerns? I share the second one. I plan on doing some “winter walking” but do not want cold hands.

    1. Hi Christine, unfortunately I did not see this until just now.

      I will answer you questions 1 at a a time and hope that I can provide enough detail so that you can inform your group.

      1) This is the first I have heard about straps making your hands to hot. My first though is that people are holding on to tight, so there is no air flow between their hand and the poles. With the straps, this allows for a relaxed grip so there is contact and relaxed state to the arm swing. Otherwise you may create greater friction, heat and muscle tension. Which also can cause muscle fatigue.

      2) Our new straps were designed with longer straps around the hand to fit larger gloves. I ma not sure when you received your poles so I can’t confirm which straps you have? Are the black or grey?

      3) There is not much we can do with the poles being taken off your hands. If people see the value for the travelers because it allows for removal of the strap then they can determine if $10 more is worth the price. All Nordic Walking poles have Straps, Nordixx is the only company that carries a releasable strap for such purposes.

      Understanding that straps are a key component of Nordic Pole Walking and without them you will eventually cause muscle fatigue and strain in your neck and shoulders.

      I hope these answers help.


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